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Rafford Village Hall community photography project granted £1000 by Auchernack Trust


By Garry McCartney

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Local photographers Nick Gibbons, Becky Cathro, Joanna Taylor, Emma andWendy Menzies, Howard Davenport learning out in the field.
Local photographers Nick Gibbons, Becky Cathro, Joanna Taylor, Emma andWendy Menzies, Howard Davenport learning out in the field.

A GROUP of rural photographers has been granted £1000 for a community project.

Rafford Village Hall (RVH) successfully applied to the Auchernack Trust Fund to help pay for photography equipment - including a DLSR camera, lenses, a tripod, batteries and memory cards - that will engage older people.

RVH committee chairwoman Ruth Whitfield confirmed the group’s first project will be a local calendar.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this award and we gratefully accept it on behalf of the 2023 Finderne Calendar Project.

“Every month until September, we are arranging field trips for up to eight Finderne residents (as well as those who attend Rafford Village and Edinkillie Halls) to teach them how to make best use of mobile phones, i-pads and cameras.

“Professional photographer, Nick Gibbons of reel.photography has generously offered his expertise free of charge to coach, encourage and inspire local people to take photographs of this beautiful area. He is offering tips, tricks and editing advice to all those who wish to become more confident in their photography skills.”

She added: “We’ve had enthusiastic response from budding photographers and we encourage anyone who’d like to gain more experience to contact us at raffordvillagehall@gmail.com.”

Cullen Connected is a network of individuals, business, community and voluntary groups that exists to collaborate, support and share best practice to make the town the best it can be.

“A similar arts project in Cullen has been running for the past six years,” said Ruth. “Their project manager gave us a great deal of helpful advice. The photographic field trips for our project have started and will continue until September. We expect it to carry on using the same format to produce calendars onwards!”



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